Flowers


The Penn Museum has many examples of florals in its collection.  In the literal sense, archaeobotanical samples collected at archaeological sites around the globe give us clues about the environments in which past societies lived and how humans interacted with plant life throughout history.  In the figurative sense, depictions of flowers adorn the surfaces of material culture in our collection from all regions of the world, and in some cases, the object itself takes on the form of a flower.  Floral imagery on cultural material reveals the importance that flowering plants have played in our daily lives, including their use as medicinal sources, food sources, natural dyes, pleasant aromas, and for which they are most commonly known: creating romantic gestures. 

While your flowers may not yet be in bloom, take a moment to peek into our garden and you will find that flowers grow everywhere throughout our collections.  From objects that decorate the spaces we inhabit—architecture, pottery, table ware, and wall hangings—to the items we use to decorate our own bodies—clothing, jewelry, bags, and shoes—flowers can be found blooming across painted surfaces, woven into textiles, and molded into bouquets.  They symbolize rebirth and renewal, as well as remind us both of the fragility and beauty of life.  Below is a sampling of floral imagery in our collection; we invite you to view how flowers have colored the lives of people throughout history, and afterward, to take the time to think about how flowers are incorporated into your own life—whether they are for relaxing, healing, smelling, eating, romancing, coloring, decorating, or any other way that we as humans have thought to use them.

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92-2-97
32-42-749
E15721
E15722
Object On Display
Amulet
92-2-97
View Object | 76437
Offering Table
32-42-749
View Object | 77469
Pavement
E15721
View Object | 80035
Pavement
E15722
View Object | 72110

E15726
Object On Display
45-15-435
2002-9-2
NEP6
Pavement
E15726
View Object | 72121
Moccasins
45-15-435
View Object | 15248
Bandolier Bag
2002-9-2
View Object | 86534
Textile
NEP6
View Object | 53280

30-12-436
Object On Display
MS5711
Object On Display
2012-10-4
2012-14-1
Comb (Hair - grooming tool)
30-12-436
View Object | 188544
Jug
MS5711
View Object | 53616
Table Mat
2012-10-4
View Object | 87774
Wedding Dress
2012-14-1
View Object | 87851

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